Senior Research Associate-Health Policy Research Center

Optimal Solutions Group - College Park, MD (30+ days ago)3.5

Optimal Solutions Group is inviting senior health policy researchers to join the Health Policy Research Center in conducting cutting edge projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Optimal’s current and past work has included studies on identifying systematic risks to Medicare beneficiaries and suppliers, designing and implementing interventions to mitigate risks to Medicare beneficiaries and suppliers, pay-for-performance incentive schemes, designing and implementing star rating performance measures, and fraud waste and abuse.

Responsibilities include project management, including oversight of staff and the project budget, providing subject area expertise, overseeing, designing and performing data analyses, and presenting results to technical and non-technical audiences.

Work Experience:
Substantive knowledge of Medicare policies, regulations, and CMS operations. This may include a background in Medicare Part A and B enrollment, aging into Medicare, payment/claims, appeals, or the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program;
Ability to translate and communicate the policy and operational implications of complex empirical analysis to decision makers;
Able to effectively communicate problems and results, orally and in writing;
Experience conducting complex analyses of health care systems;
Experience managing large, complex projects and supervising team members;
Demonstrated problem solving skills;
Demonstrated experience leading multi-disciplinary project teams.
Education and Experience: M.A. or Ph.D. in public health, health policy, economics, public policy, or other relevant field. At least ten (10) years of professional experience with the U.S. healthcare system, Medicare operations experience, and data management and analysis experience.

Optimal is a leading non-partisan public policy research firm that conducts studies and provides technical assistance on health care, education, welfare, housing, community development, and related subjects. Our mission is to provide policy makers with rigorous and timely studies that enable our clients (including federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations) to improve public well-being. Optimal is located in College Park, Maryland, approximately 10 miles from Washington, DC. For more information see